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Things are looking up for Orange County's Trio Céleste

A good thing to know about Trio Céleste, though not absolutely necessary, is how to pronounce the name.

“I don’t even know how to correctly pronounce it, there you go,” the group’s cellist Ross Gasworth quips. The other two members, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, quickly chime in. It’s “Say-lest,” they say, though “Seh-lest” is fine by them, too. Where did the name come from? The first time the group played was during a harvest moon, a “celestial event.”

The three of them showed up the other morning at an Irvine eatery to sip coffee and talk about recent developments, like the release of their first album, on Navona Records. The group, ensemble-in-residence at UC Irvine, seems on the verge of a breakout. Already busy on chamber music series throughout California, the trio recently signed with New York management, which will pursue out-of-state opportunities.

The non-profit organization they run, Chamber Music | OC, which promotes...

David Golbeck cast in ‘The Big Meal’

David Golbeck (BA 1981) was cast in The Big Meal at the Chance Theater in Anaheim, California. The show runs April 21, 2016 – May 22, 2016. LINK.

Sepideh Moafi Booked a Role in Notorious

Sepideh Moafi (MFA 2013) has booked a series regular role opposite Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo in ABC’s drama pilot Notorious. LINK.

Brett Doar featured in UCI Magazine

For M.F.A. grad Brett Doar, who builds large-scale Rube Goldberg machines, one success has led to another.

If Hasbro ever invents a million-dollar version of the game Mouse Trap, it might look like one of Brett Doar’s madcap contraptions. The 2009 M.F.A. grad is gaining fame for his elaborate chain-reaction machines, which have starred in popular music videos, television shows and commercials – and will appear in an upcoming movie.

Like falling dominoes on steroids, Doar’s creations rely on synchronized sledgehammers, crashing pianos, toy sharks, chainsaws, catapults and other quirky props. The mesmerizing results have gone viral on YouTube and turned heads at major art museums. LINK.

Sheldon Chau Interviewed by Filmmaker Magazine

Sheldon Chau (BA 2010) was interviewed by Filmmaker Magazine on his Sundance Short, Jungle. LINK.

Ben Jacoby Stars in Beautiful-The Carole King Musical

Ben Jacoby (MFA 2012) has been tapped to take over the role of "Barry Mann" in Broadway's production of Beautiful-The Carole King Musical. LINK.

Alan Mingo Plays Lead Roll in Kinky Boots on Broadway

Alan Mingo, Jr. (MFA 1998) is set to take over the lead role of "Lola" in the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots, on Broadway. LINK.

Teresa K. Pond Named Producing Artistic Director

Teresa K. Pond (MFA 2003) has been named Producing Artistic Director for the Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage, Alaska. Teresa previously served as the Producing Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. She also served as Executive Director of Anchorage Community Theatre. She has worked with New York Classical Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and the New York Fringe Festival. LINK.

Sakina Ibrahim Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Author, performer and dance educator Sakina Ibrahim (MFA 2014) has been nominated for the 47th Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Instructional for her self-published book Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the Younger Self. Big Words to Little Me serves as a creative approach towards self-development that focuses on addressing personal and collective challenges, in order to discover the power of choice and determination. Sakina demonstrates her dedication to help young people develop the tools necessary to navigate life’s challenges, in order to lead happy and healthy lives. Sakina graduated from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and a Masters of Fine Arts from University of California, Irvine. The official award will be announced on February 5th, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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UCI Drama Alumni Talk Post-Grad Success

UC Irvine drama alumni Garrett Deagon (BFA 2011) and Madisen Johnson (BFA 2015) recently returned to their alma mater to discuss their experience on the road with the national tour of “Annie,” which had local runs at OC’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts and LA’s Pantages Theatre...
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